FROM THE STERNSHEETS
I have often
used highly critical epithets to describe those of my kin who take on more
jobs than they can efficiently handle, and now find myself in the embarrassing
position of meriting those epithets myself. I can only apologize
to the membership of the Association and hope that it has not hurt the
growth of the Clan.
As you are probably
aware, I am referring to the notable lack of newsletters emanating from
Apart from the
newsletters, there has been a fair amount of action backstage. Henry
Croce has done a wonderful job of keeping the clan as well informed as
possible in the Toronto area. Besides which, you will notice from
the increased list of owners that Croce & Lofthouse have done an excellent
job of promoting the Clan. I, meanwhile, have endeavoured to ensure
that the Clan became recognized by the Canadian Yachting Association and
other bodies concerned with the administration of sailing in Canada.
In order to put
out a newsletter of any interest, one must have material. Apart from
some very nice letters from Bill Hudson (W-144) and Alf Walsh (W-159),
I have not heard from any owners. It is the personal touch, which
makes these newsletters successful.
In closing, I
would point out that there are still several owners who are not members
of the Association. Without your support, we cannot continue.
Attached to this newsletter will be an application for membership and for
boat registration, and I hope those who have not already done so, will
make use of it.
I look forward
with pleasure to meeting you at the Wayfarer Championships at Ashbridge’s
Bay YC on July 16th, 17th.
has kindly taken on the chore of arranging the Canadian and North American
Wayfarer Championships. You will already have received your notice
and entry form and I urge you to return the latter as soon as possible.
Henry has put a great deal of work into the arrangement of what purports
to be a very successful first Championship. We estimate that 25 boats
will be racing.
THE ANNUAL MEETING
We have decided
that best time to hold the Annual Meeting of the Association would be at
the Annual Championships because this the best opportunity of getting all
the owners together.
first Annual Meeting will be held immediately following the supper on Saturday,
July 16th at Ashbridge’s Bay YC. At this time, a new executive will
We in Brockville
have used them with great success and I think others will agree that they
help considerably in a broad reach. Croce & Lofthouse advise
that these are now available in horizontal or vertical stripes as well
as in the solid colours of white, green, blue, red and yellow. The
price is $75.00, which includes 140 sq. ft. of nylon sail, spinnaker pole,
mast fittings, halliard, blocks and sheets of Terylene. As you are
probably aware, spinnakers are approved racing rig for Wayfarers.
On the week-end
of May 21st-22nd, six Wayfarers fought it out in the chilly waters of the
St. Lawrence. Although top honours for the series went to Keith Middleton
(W-108), Henry Croce was so close that the final result was only decided
in the last race. Other out-of-town entries who enjoyed the good
winds and excellent weather were Dr. Paine (W-112) and Mr. .......??? from
N.Y. state who claims so far to be the only American owner. (Anyone know
of any others?)
NATIONAL Y.C. OPEN
made at this regatta for Wayfarers. Nobody from Brockville was able
to go because of maintenance problems and I have not had any recent news
regattas are “open” regattas and hence will include our Wayfarers.
Thanks are due to Bill Hudson for the dates in the Toronto Area.
I would also mention that Bill has done a stirling job in representing
our interests to the L.S.S.A.
Ashbridge’s Bay YC
|July 30-Aug. 1
||Wayfarer Cruise Race,
||Toronto Sailing &
Canoe Club and Brockville Y.C.
||Baie d’Urfe Y.C.,
|Sept. 3, 5, 10
||3 days racing, C.N.E.
||Hudson Y.C., Montreal
||Queen City Y.C.
This is held annually
by the Brockville YC on the August 1st long week-end and consists of three
days of racing on a cruise through the Thousand Islands section of the
St. Lawrence. Boats have to carry their own food and camping equipment,
and each night is spent on a separate island. There is the Wayfarer
Cruise Race Trophy, presented by Croce & Lofthouse, and additionally,
all boats compete on a handicap basis, for B.Y.C.’s Wandermeer Trophy.
You will notice
that red racing flags are required for those competing for the N.A. Championship
on July 16th. In case you do not have a racing flag, Croce &
Lofthouse advise that they have some. The cost is $3.95, inclusive
of all fittings.
BAIE D’URFE Y.C.
There are now
3 owners in this Yacht Club and one in the Royal St. Lawrence Y.C. so it
is hoped that competition in the Valley will soon become keen.
“CHECKING” OF VARNISHED
expressed concern about “checking” of their varnished decks. This
was taken up with the manufacturer by Croce & Lofthouse. Small
Craft reported that had investigated the materials and could find no deficiencies,
and that normal re-varnishing techniques resulted in a perfect finish.
work will weather during the course of the season and I find that a light
sanding and a coat of varnish mid-season prevents any “checking” tendency.